The mission and purpose of the Juvenile Justice Commission is to advocate for a quality system of care for involved juvenile offenders; and the Delinquency Prevention Commission is to promote the development of quality services, employment opportunities, and resources for juveniles.
Creating healthy communities in Mendocino County that value and support youth and work together to support and provide services, education, social activities and employment to reduce juvenile crime and recidivism.
What is the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission?
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission (JJDPC) is chartered by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors (County Ordinance No. 8.20.010) and mandated by the State of California (WIC 225 & 233). The role of the JJDPC is multi-faceted:
- Oversee juvenile justice facilities in the county to ensure that juveniles residing at any county institution or publicly operated juvenile institution are treated fairly and are living in conditions that are safe and clean, and provide healthy food, support and encouragement
- This function of the Commission requires yearly inspections of such facilities.
- Support and encourage individuals, organizations, and institutions that further the work of providing effective, evidence-based practices to help youth stay out of the juvenile justice system
- Encourage coordination and integration of services where possible
- Enhance opportunities for youth success at school and in the community
- John Azzaro, Native Californian and 43 year resident of Mendocino County, CASA volunteer, and Board Chair of Mendocino County Public Broadcasting, with a 40-year background in business, and a life-long interest in criminal justice.
- Libbe Madsen, was a clinical social worker in New York for almost 30 years before returning to California. She is now a mental health counselor at Laytonville High School and a volunteer in local programs that promote a healthy community.
- Noel O´Neill, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and has worked in the public behavioral health system for many years. He is a resident of Willits
- Gary Levenson-Palmer (Chair), native Californian, resident of Manchester, retired California State Department of Social Services manager with over 35 years of experience in child welfare, foster care programs
- Kate C. Gaston, Kate is a native Californian, now residing in Mendocino County after developing programs and conducting evaluations in multiple states and nationally for many years in mental health and juvenile justice.
- Dolli Rose, Assistant Director of the Indian Child and Family Preservation Program (ICFPP) for the past 12 years. The ICFPP is a non-profit agency that provides Indian Child Welfare Act services to its Consortium membership that includes the following Tribes: Coyote Valley, Lytton, Manchester-Point Arena, and Stewarts Point. Dolli has lived in and around Mendocino County for 20 years; she is a member of the Karuk Tribe.
- Mel McKinney, Native Californian. Retired trial lawyer specializing in civil litigation, with emphasis on defense of medical practice suits and defense of public entities. Long time CASA volunteer and life-long interest in youth programs, education and juvenile justice. Published author and magazine/newspaper article contributor.
- Other members of the Commission include: Mendocino County Superior Court Judges Honorable Ann C. Moorman and Honorable Clay Brennan; Mendocino County Supervisor Dan Gjerde; Mendocino County Juvenile Hall Division Manager David Barrett; Mendocino County Supervising Deputy Probation Officer Jack Wann; Ukiah Police Chief Justin Wyatt; Commission Secretary, Reba Johnson.
Our Focus for 2019
- Maintain focus on mentoring
- Perform our inspections in a timely manner
- Recruit new Commissioners
- Work closely with Juvenile Probation, and continue to advocate for youth in whatever setting they find themselves.
- Support Teen Peer Court as a viable deterrent for juvenile crime
- Continue to support youth led and youth focused organizations
- Support efforts to curtail truancy and meet with the DA regarding the SARB process.
The Commission Meets the Second Friday of the Month 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the Probation Conference Room — 585 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 95482. Members of the public are welcome. Please let us know in advance if you plan to attend.
For more information, call (707) 467-8257 or email JJDPC@mendocinocounty@org